Sports cars will drive many there

Sports cars enthusiasts have a
chance to see some of the finest – and most expensive – vintage cars at the
newly opened Motor Museum in West Bay.

Classic cars worth millions of
dollars and ranging back to the end of the 19th century can now be seen by
visitors to the Cayman Motor Museum.

It’s on North West Point Road,
beside Boatswain’s Beach and opposite the Cracked Conch restaurant and was
officially opened by Premier McKeeva Bush three weeks ago.

Racing and speed aficionados will
marvel at the sleek Ferraris, Maseratis, Corvettes and Jaguars – all in mint
condition.

 The museum is the realisation of a vision by
businessman Andreas Ugland to have a local showroom to share his large
collection of exotic, rare, and classic motorcars and motorbikes.

The building is totally hurricane
proof built to exacting standards by Ugland and designed by architect Donal
McGrath who said: “This museum was a labour of love because we had to get the
measurements exact. It was all done on a computer and every piece of space was
calculated for.”

Ugland said: “Before assembling our
collection in Cayman our motorcars were scattered throughout the world with
many of them in England, Canada, and my home country of Norway.

“My wife, Natalie, and I conceived
the notion of bringing them all to Cayman for the people of these islands, and
our visitors, to enjoy.

“Ten years ago, we acquired the
land for the museum and began moving forward with our designs and working with
government to secure planning approvals.

“We were all set to break ground in
2004 when Hurricane Ivan paid us an unexpected visit, and we were forced to put
our plans on hold.”

On display are 80 vehicles which collectively
provide an historical tour of motoring throughout the world beginning with the
very first automobile ever produced, an 1886 Benz.

An exact model of the first vehicle
ever to be driven in the Cayman Islands — a 1905 Cadillac —has a place of special
prominence in the museum.

Of special interest is the ultimate
crime-fighting vehicle, the original Batmobile that Batman and Robin drove around
Gotham City in the 1960s television show. An exact replica of the Batcycle is
also on display.

Magnificent Rolls-Royces, including
a 1930 Phantom and Bentleys – including Sir Elton John’s 1963 classic, take
pride of place.

There are plenty of motorbikes, fun
cars and memorabilia too.

Visitors enjoy a special journey
into Cayman’s cultural past through a collection of magnificent paintings, specially
commissioned photographs, and local artefacts on display throughout the museum.

A gift shop offers unique auto
memorabilia and souvenirs to the general public. The Cayman Motor Museum is
available for private functions and special events.

The Cayman Motor Museum is open
to the public: 9am-5pm. Monday-Saturday. Adults CI$15; children (under 12)
CI$7.50; toddlers (under 5) are free. On Saturdays, resident adults CI$10; children
CI$5

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